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The Otago primary school athletics championships finally got out of the starting blocks at the Caledonian Ground yesterday. Wet weather had shifted the event to yesterday from Tuesday and the young runners, jumpers and throwers gave their best, setting five records.
In the boy's under-13 discus, Manaia Lesa, of Dunedin North Intermediate, set a record of 33.49m, breaking the old mark of 28.28m. Zac Cunningham, of East Taieri School, set a record in the boys under-11 long jump of 4.76m, breaking the former mark by 0.23m.In the boys 13 and over high jump, Ryan Malhotra, of Green Island, leapt 1.50m, beating the old record of 1.48m.
Ruben Karawana, of Waikari School, set a record of 9.60m in the boys under-11 shot put, well ahead of the previous mark of 8.95m.
In the under-12 girls long jump, Charlotte Cardno, of St Hilda's Collegiate School, jumped to 4.46m, passing the record of 4.43m.